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UPDATED: #RioGoldRush: 400m hurdler Annsert Whyte chases Olympic gold - morning session preview

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 6:43 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

National champion Annsert Whyte will be looking to increase Jamaica's medal tally at the Rio Olympic Games when he contests the final of men's 400 metres hurdles on today's morning session.

The-29-year-old Whyte will run out of lane six in the final, which is set start at 10 a.m.

Whyte, who posted a personal best time of 48.32 to win his semifinal, will face favourite Kerron Clement of the United States.

Clement will enter the final with the fastest time of 48.26.

Whyte is now only the fifth Jamaican to make the 400m final following in the footsteps of Winthrope Graham, Danny McFarlane, Markino Buckley, and Leford Green.

Meanwhile, Jamaica will run out of heat one in the women's 4x100 metres relays, the men are drawn in lane three of heat two in their 4x100m.

The women's 4x100m line-up is said to comprise Simone Facey to Sashalee Forbes to Veronica Campbell-Brown to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. They will run in heat 1 from lane 5.

While men's 4x100m team will comprise of: Jevaughn Minzie to Asafa Powell to Nickel Ashmeade to Kemar Bailey-Cole. They will compete in heat 2 from lane 3.